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Spring Art Journal Prompts and Ideas
It’s spring, almost. I’m enjoying the sun and hints of warmer weather to come. I am also prepping a new art journal dedicated to spring and spring art prompts. I want to celebrate life and and everything that blooms once the snow melts and the swallows come back to Capistrano.
If you have never started an art journal you can hop over to my How to Start an Art Journal post and check it out.
Art Journal Supplies to try for Spring
You can use any art supply you want. This is just ideas for you to help spark your imagination.
I wanted to challenge myself and shake things up. So, I gave some thought about spring and what supplies would really help me capture the colors and life of spring.
Here are some of the supplies that I mention:
Spring Art Journal Prompt List
1.) New Beginnings
Spring is a time of fresh starts and new beginnings. Write down all the new things you want to do this year in your art journal. Let yourself have a new beginning. You can even create a vision board for your life in your art Journal. You can read my tutorial on How to Create a Vision Board in your Art Journal here for more ideas. This is the perfect time to use your journal to set goals for your life and your art.
When spring returns so do the birds the sweet songs they sing. Birds are great for art journal prompts because they vary so much. You can take a real bird and paint it vivid colors and fun shapes. You can also just represent their wings or outlines.
- India inks
- Tombow markers
3.) Wild flowers
There is something exquisite about wild flowers. They bloom by their own rules. I love wild flowers in my art journals because they are free. Take a walk around your neighborhood or go on a hike and take pictures of all the beautiful flowers you see and use those for inspiration in your art journals.
4.) Streams and Creeks
Streams and creeks, any flowing water symbolizes life. Spring is about the melting of snow and the reviving of the world. Water can be a great prompt for any art journal. It can cut across the page however it pleases.
- India Inks
I always plan to start a garden, so farm the only garden I have started is the one on my art journal. I do love gardens, though. They look pretty, smell pretty, and they bring us butterflies, birds, and bees. Garden’s are perfect for an art journal because you can really go wild with color and texture. You can even go completely abstract.
- Seeds packaging
- Paper flowers
- Old ephemera
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6.) Thunderstorms and cloudy days
Spring isn’t spring without a few storms. Storms can be beautiful though and set a mood. Grey days, blues, mysteries, and books. Let the thunderstorm inspire you page as you listen to the rain tap on your window sill.
What do thunderstorms remind you of? I always think of books such as Wuthering Heights. You can use the vibe to jot down books, songs, and movies you think of when it storms and use those for further art journal prompts.
- Watercolor pencils
- Texture paste
I love trees so much. They are so fun to draw with their natural shapes and extending branches. For this prompt you can take your journal and some fun supplies, head to a park, and let real trees be your inspiration.
- Watercolor pencils
- Charcoal pencils
8.) Fashion Magazines
When spring comes so do the fun new clothes. You can pick up a magazine and have some fun corking with collage sketching from pictures in the magazine. Perhaps you even want to design your own fun springtime fashion. Let your imagination run wild with this fun springtime art journal prompt.
- Fabric swatches
- Lots of Color
9.) Favorite Quotes About Spring or Spring related things
I love to make art journal pages based around quest. Quotes make me happy. I have been keep quotes journals for years. Using spring quotes and really bring your page to full bloom.
- Book pages
- Brightly colored paint
10.) Butterflies everywhere
Butterflies make me happy. The represent life. Try making butterflies from different paper. Cover your page with butterflies of all shapes and colors and sizes.
- Acrylic paint
11.) Cherry Blossoms
When I think spring I think of cherry blossoms. They are are like a daydream come true. Cherry blossoms can be re-created in your art journals with ease. The simple form of the branches and buds give you a fun, floral image to work with.
- Loose acrylics
- India inks
- Pictures of Cherry Blossoms
- Dried Flowers
12.) Bunnies and Furry animal friends
All our sweet animal friends return to us once the snow melts and the grass returns. I love seeing bunnies hopping through my yard. I think of Easter and and family meals. Animals can be really fun in your art journals. You can draw them in so many different styles and give them the cutest personalities.
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- Watercolor pencils
Spring makes me think Bambi and love being in the air. Who are some of your favorite couples real or fictional? If you’re single you can brainstorm a list of qualities you want in a partner. Or, think of the legend of Cupid and Psyche and let them influence your art journal page.
- Paper hearts
- Fluid Acrylics
14.) Your favorite Springtime activity
What is your favorite thing to do once spring has finally arrived? Mine is to go on a long walk or park. I love nature and all it has t offer. Journal about your favorite activities and what they mean to you.
Bring a sketchbook and sketch your activity
- Stabilo All pencil
15.) Spring Nights
The night stars change as the seasons progress. I was reading this article about it because I’ve always had a love for astronomy. If I didn’t mind math so boring I would have become an astronomer. The stars are so pretty and fun to watch. Let the night sky inspire your page. You can paint your page dark and let the stars create the light and bright stops on your page.\
- Dark acrylic paint
- White Posca marker
- Whites pens
16.) Spring Break
Think of your ideal vacation destination for spring. Where would you like to go this time of year? I’d love to go visit the English countryside and Japan. Some places seem to come alive during specific times of year. What sparks your imagination? Journal your location and have some fun.
- Acrylic paint
17.) Spring Holiday
There are several holidays in spring, such as, St.Patrick’s Day, Purim, Easter, Passover and more. What holiday do you love this season? Perhaps you are taking part in Lent. All of the symbology and traditions can find their way into your journal. Document these beautiful days.
- BIble Verse
I see so many beautiful pastel colors when spring arrives. You can make an art journal page devoted to pastel colors. It can be completely abstract. You are the designer.
- Acrylic Paint
- Color Swatches
19.) Fruits and Berries
Painting fruit is actually really fun. You can also have a lot of fun with them. DO you love drawing faces? Why not give one of your girls some lovely lemon earrings? Or a fruit headdress.
- Fruit pictures
20.) A favorite Spring Memory
What is your favorite memory from one spin in your life? Is there something special that happened? Or, maybe your birthday is in spring. Thing of something personal that makes you smile and let that inspire your art journal page.
Let spring bring with it a new chapter in your art journals. Have fun creating and turn your art journaling into a regular practice. If you have any questions I’d love for you to join my Facebook group.
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I hope these art journaling prompts helped to spark your imagination.
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Spring Art Journal Prompts